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The Universities in Buenos Aires Part I

General Information and student interviews of different Universities

The capital of Argentina has about 40 Universities. Half of them are public and the other half are private. Luckily the ranking of the public Universities is higher than the private Universities. In Argentina Buenos Aires is the best and most popular place to study, while the second ranked city is La Plata. I want to present you with an overview of student reviews about the differences between universities in Buenos Aires.

The University of Buenos Aires- UBA

The most popular university in Buenos Aires is called Universidad de Buenos Aires. This University has buildings spread all over the city. The University has no dress code and students say that while the quality of the buildings are usually quite good and beautiful, there are also buildings which need to be improved. I’ll show you two examples in pictures. Recently the government has begun to invest money in the old buildings for restorations.

I did a survey of 3 students studying at UBA who all come from different countries: Argentina, Chile and Colombia. During the talk to the students I got the feeling that there is a big mixture of nationalities caused by the history and the large mix of immigrants in Buenos Aires. Equal rights exist in Argentina, which means that you are allowed to enter to a university and you can study whatever you want. It doesn’t depend on your high school grades and education is for free.

Students per lecture: In general UBA divides the courses into Practical (20-30) and Theoretical (100+) classes. Firstly the students are grouped together and listen to the theoretical class and after that they get divided into smaller practical groups where they discuss and work in groups. In general I can’t give you a specific number.  Two of the students said that there are 40 students per lecture in “Ingenieria Agronoma” and “Psicología” and one student of “Diseño Industrial” said that there are 120-150 students per lecture.

What the students like most about their university:  The park, good professors, that there is no dress code, that it is a public university with a high quality of education.

According to the three students the following could be better: Infrastructure, organization and old buildings which need to be renovated. Another opinion was the long distance to go there.

 

UBA-Facultad-Derecho

My last question was about the extra-curricular activities of the UBA. These answers were quite positive: Rugby, Football, Handball, Computer and other seminars or music.

Besides this a sign of the quality of a university depends on the famous people who graduated from there. At UBA there are a lot of special personalities  and five people have even received a Nobel Prize:

  • Carlos Saavedra Lamas , Nobel Peace Prize (1936)
  • Bernardo Alberto Houssay , Nobel Prize in Physiology (1947)
  • Luis Federico Leloir , Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1970)
  • Adolfo Maria Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize (1980)
  • César Milstein, Nobel Prize in Medicine (1984)

The most popular person who studied there was Ernesto “Che” Guevara (1928–1967) who studied medicine there before he became a communistic revolutionary.

The Homepage of the UBA is:  http://www.uba.ar/